Welcome to Fountain Hills, Home of… the World’s Tallest Fountain, incredible mountain views and natural open spaces; the Southwest’s most interesting residents and a fantastic “Small Town” atmosphere; Arizona’s friendliest retail shopping and dining experiences!
An amazing variety of neighborhoods with homes to suit just about every taste…from cozy condominiums perfect for winter visitors to elaborate homes on high, view oriented homesites with stunning views of mountain ranges near and far.
Here in Fountain Hills, life makes more sense to some 22,000 or so residents lucky enough to call it home. Here’s is a little bit about the Fountain Hills lifestyle you might enjoy:
Fountain Hills is one of the most honored communities by a variety of national publications and
“Best of Lists”.
“The Fountain in the Desert”
One of Arizona’s most popular icons, the world famous Tallest Fountain will become your time clock at the top of each hour, becoming more mesmerizing each day!
Stroll Amid World-Class Arts & Crafts
Enjoy one of the many celebrated art festivals hosted along Avenue of the Fountains; try the finest wines at the Thunderbird Art & Wine Festival or stop by one of the Avenue Galleries & Shops featuring celebrated local and national artists.
Travel through Time
The RIVER OF TIME MUSEUM recounts the captivating past of the Lower Verde Valley. Learn how the Yavapai migrated throughout Central Arizona; explore with trappers such as Kit Carson; join the “river tamers” as they build dams and canals and see how “the dam that never was” brought about the development of Fountain Hills. www.riveroftimemuseum.org
Performing Arts at the Lakeside Village Amphitheater are as varied—and grand—as your imagination! Treat the kids to a “Movie in the Grass”; marvel at Ballet Under the Stars, catch the Old Bard himself at Shakespeare Live, applaud your neighbors of the Fountain Hills Community Theater (Arizona’s most honored community theater!) or listen to the melodious sounds of musical performances by Arizona’s finest entertainers. On week-ends, drop in at Grapeables Fine Wines to enjoy live entertainment and marvelous cultural delights!
Watch Art Come to Life
Embark on an artistic journey…. and never leave your neighborhood! The Fountain Hills public art collection is a wonderfully eclectic experience that celebrates artistic excellence ranging from high-alloy contemporary sculpture to traditional bronzes and everything in between. Nearly 70 selections valued at over $1.4 million grace the Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Park, Plaza Waterfront and the Community Center Complex.
Pay Your Respects to Fallen Heroes
The Fountain Hills Veterans Memorial is one of Arizona’s most beautiful and serene tributes to the men and women of the United States Armed forces.
Let It Fly
You’ll never call it a Frisbee again! Fountain Park is home to one of America’s favorite Disk Golf Courses…and the competition can get fierce! From friendly week-end tournaments to national competitions offering major prizes you can’t help but “catch” the fever! If traditional golf is more your game, then go any direction and you’re only minutes from five nationally acclaimed golf courses.
Take a Hike
Choose your trail, challenge your friends and find your passion. But be warned: A walk around one of the Lakeside Village trails can be habit forming! Improve your health, elevate your outlook and meet new acquaintances…each and every day.
Gaze Upon History
Look in any direction, and you’re treated to stunning mountain scenery with rich historical significance: Four Peaks Mountain protects it’s world-renowned Amethyst Mine; The Superstition Mountain’s offer 200 years of lost gold, mystery and intrigue; The mighty McDowell Mountains will reveal to you the relics of old silver, gold and copper mines, ancient petroglyphs and hundreds of species of plant and animal life found only in the lush Sonoran Desert of Arizona.
Pacify Your Palette
Within a 6-block radius, there are no less than 16 restaurants, 5 great “watering holes,” 2 coffee shops, wine bar, gelato shop, a French Bakery, Holiday Inn, 2 drug stores, 3 fitness and yoga gyms, a Basha’s Shopping Center and a Safeway Shopping Center. Just about every convenience from dry cleaning to day spas–all within walking distance!
Fountain Hills’ heritage adds to its future
While Fountain Hills is relatively young as a community, it was developed on a site that is indeed rich in history. This region has a much-storied past ranging from ancient Native Americans farming these lands to the creation of new communities.
Arizona itself has only been a state since 1912, and the town’s official date of incorporation is Dec. 5, 1989.
The expanses surrounding Fountain Hills, including the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, the Verde Communities and the nearby mountain ranges, present a rich and fabled background that includes Native American migrations, mining tales, trappers, gun battles, wagon trails and the rise of a modern city today known as Phoenix. The “early day” history dates back centuries when the area was a lush desert environment for Native Americans who inhabited the region. Different Indian cultures occupied the lands over the years, drawn mainly by the area’s two major rivers, the Verde and the Salt. The confluence of the two rivers is just a few miles southeast of Fountain Hills.
Founding of a Community
The “modern” history of Fountain Hills goes back to the late 1960s, when a development company envisioned an old cattle ranch as a potential “model city” for an enterprising United States of America that was rapidly expanding in its metropolitan regions. Most of this local history is captured in the entertaining and educational L. Alan Cruikshank River of Time Museum (see more information in “Attractions” and “Cultural” sections of this Guide).
The community’s founding birthday is considered Dec. 15, 1970, when the famous “World’s Tallest Fountain” was turned on for the first time at Fountain Park. Work started on the first residences in the fall of 1971, and by February 1972, the first homeowners were moving in. Today, more than 24,000 people call Fountain Hills home on a permanent basis.
The community itself is full of fascinating local history, but the land and surrounding territory are abundant with colorful stories as well — from wagon trains and military outposts to sheep ranchers and miners seeking to strike it rich.